Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training

Rating Summary

Based on 21 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

66

Top Critic Average

31%

Critics Recommend

Based on 21 critic reviews
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4 / 10
Jan 7, 2020

Regardless of what it may or may not do to your brain age, this is a disappointingly low effort remaster with serious technical issues and a lack of interesting content.

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85 / 100
Dec 20, 2019

An effective update of the proven formula that we enjoyed many years ago. Anyone can enjoy it, although we expected a little more variety.

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Unscored
Dec 20, 2019

Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training for Nintendo Switch is a solid return for the series, mixing classic minigames with a handful of new ones that use the Switch's various capabilities – and which exclude those with a Switch Lite. Just as with the original, it's going to be easy to drop in for a few minutes a day and test yourself, but this isn't really doing much more than the DS games.

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7 / 10.0
Dec 28, 2019

Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training is an update of the old formula but lacks variety in its content.

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Unscored
Jan 3, 2020

It’s still compelling and you’ll want to train every day, but perhaps it’s not quite as essential as it once was when we played it on the DS-family of handhelds. Just don’t take that brain age too seriously

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Unscored
Jan 8, 2020

Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training for Nintendo Switch isn't likely to hit the same spot that the original game did over a decade ago, but it offers a very similar experience. If you enjoyed it then, you'll enjoy it now, but given how many similar mobile apps are commonly available, this feels far too expensive and prohibitive as a full-price retail release. Perhaps future DLC and updates could bolster the experience, but as of right now, I've come away fairly cold.

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Jan 3, 2020

Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch takes what the original DS games did so well and pushes it to the next level. With the integration of the Joy-Con, multiplayer games and challenging tasks, this is by far one of the most varied ways to keep your brain active through gaming. However, some of the features - like handwriting and motion sensing - don't work as intended consistently. In addition, those who have a Switch Lite will, unfortunately, miss out on a lot of the content.

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7 / 10
Jan 6, 2020

Dr Kawashima's Brain Training for Nintendo Switch is an excellent brain trainer in the pleasant form of interactive non-boring tests, which keeps the head in good shape, but has a number of certain technical roughnesses. The main drawback for Russia is that there is no Russian language, which greatly reduces the potential audience of the project in our country.

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Feb 6, 2020

Dr Kawashima's Brain Training for Switch doesn't feel suited to Nintendo's latest portable, with the awkward use of the stylus and flimsy handwriting recognition sapping the joy from sharpening your smarts. There's still plenty of fun to be hand with the brain-teasing puzzles, but limited content ensures this is a far cry from the Nintendo DS original

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6 / 10
Jan 7, 2020

What's here is entertaining enough, but you're likely to have lost interest within a month; if ever there was a series that Nintendo should have turned into a mobile game instead, it's this one.

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